Young cricket players have a Blast at Ballina
BEN Schoupp might be swapping his soccer ball for the old cherry after having a "Blast" at a Ballina junior cricket extravaganza.
The nine-year-old was among scores of players taking part in the Ballina District Junior Cricket Association T20 Blast Years 3-4 School Cup.
Loud music, colourful stumps and fun short games all featured in the event, which aimed to help promote further interest in cricket.
Ben, of Ballina's Southern Cross School, said he had enjoyed a new taste of the sport.
"This is the first time I have played properly," he said.
"I like how it's fun with the music playing.
"I enjoy batting. I just know you hit it as hard as you can.
"Maybe I will play more cricket now."
Boys and girls took part in the two-day competition, which was backed by Cricket New South Wales and Cricket Australia.
BDJCA president Craig Jenkins said this week's event, which was held at the town's Kingsford Smith Park, had been very enjoyable.
"This is great," he said.
"I feel like a kid myself here.
"Maybe it might not get children playing cricket, but they will certainly know about it after this event.
"Everyone is having fun, which ultimately is what these days are all about."